Pattani Central Mosque: The Small Narrative Of Islamic Teaching Practices And Views Of Good Governance, Human Rights And Anticipation For Radicalism

Ridwan Ridwan


This article reconstructs the narratives of Pattani Central Mosque. The intent of this article is describing the real quality of Pattani Central Mosque to depict another picture in looking at the phenomenon of mosques in southern Thailand, especially in Pattani that has been alleged as an arena popular for the spreading of Islamic radical ideas and the recruiting of young people into ‘martyrs’ against the Thai Government. It is not doubted, the 2004 Kru-ze Mosque incident reflects the failure of places of worship as a ‘sanctuary of violence’, rather than space for social capital and driver of change. Consequently, there are questions about the kind of practices taking place in Islamic teaching, mosque management, and the views held by mosque stakeholders (Imam, the preachers, and congregation) toward good governance, human rights and the anticipation of radicalism given the current situation in Pattani.  This article concludes that that phenomenon of Islamism, specifically neofundamentalism, is neither found nor represented in Pattani Central Mosque. In actual fact, the allegations of the spreading of radical Islamic ideas and the recruiting of young Muslims by Islamic militant groups are not substantiated. But this is unique, certain and particular phenomenon. In sum, Pattani Central Mosque instead seems to be composed of a fairly equal mixture of moderate and more conservative believers rather than those with radical and extreme tendencies.
Key Words: Mosque, Islamism, Human Rights, Good Governance, Anticipation for Radicalism

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